Oscar “The Golden Boy” De La Hoya, the Mexican legend has no choice but to withdraw in his upcoming bout against former UFC champion, Vitor Belfort. It was supposedly scheduled as a pro boxing match and De La Hoya’s comeback fight, but sadly COVID hinders another boxing fight.
De La Hoya just wanted to thank the fans for supporting him and gave an update on about his status right now. It is sad to see De La Hoya who worked so hard to prepare for his comeback but was forced to withdraw due to COVID, what makes it worse is he was fully vaccinated yet COVID still hit him this much.
Wanted you to hear directly from me that despite being fully vaccinated, I have contracted Covid and am not going to be able to fight next weekend. Preparing for this comeback has been everything to me over the last months, & I want to thank everyone for their tremendous support. pic.twitter.com/0wKEnr5Jzv
— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) September 3, 2021
Vitor Belfort will fight Evander Holyfield instead, a much bigger fighter and it could give major problems for Belfort. Though Holyfield might be slower compared to De La Hoya, the power he possesses could knock Belfort out. He is a former cruiserweight and heavyweight champion that beat guys like Mike Tyson and George Foreman.
It seems common nowadays for MMA fighters to transition and fight boxers. From the likes of Conor McGregor and Anderson Silva. It certainly gives them a huge pay, heck even Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley got their biggest payday boxing a Youtuber and they lost.
For those not aware, this will not be Belfort’s boxing debut as he already has one pro boxing win in his resume but it was back on 11 April 2006. Belfort always had that explosive hands that gave him huge success in his MMA career.
As for Holyfield, hardcore boxing fans already know how great of an impact he has done in the sport of boxing. He still remains the only boxer in history to win the undisputed championship in two weight classes in the three-belt era, that just shows how great of a boxer he was in his prime.
The fight is scheduled to happen on September 11 in Florida. There is also great fights in the main card itself, Anderson Silva will face Tito Ortiz in a boxing match. Yes, you heard it right. Tito Ortiz will box arguably the best striker in UFC history. The fight card will be hosted by Triller.